Staci R.
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2017

Taylor Bay - Land Between the Lakes

Off the beaten path in Land Between the Lakes (LBL), Taylor Bay is backcountry camping at its best. Off of the Trace, directional signs are well placed ensuring your route down Forrest Service Road 136 goes with out problems (fully paved through LBL to the camp sites). No electricity or water, there is a vault or pit toilet, which is (usually) stocked with TP (but you may want to pack a roll to be sure)! I've not had any poor experiences with the cleanliness of the pit, but others have reported issues in the past. Boat ramp is available, although I have not used it. There is a community dock available for docking if you chose to not pull your boat. Often people swim in the ramp and dock area, and this may become cumbersome with a crowd there. The majority of campsites are standard, flat, graveled sites with a fire ring. They are well spaced so you have privacy. All are first come first serve, so the early camper gets the best spots. Camping spots by the water have minimal shade, and those on the back side are very shaded. None are a far walk from water to site. Camping at Taylor Bay is considered back country camping and requires each person over 18 to have a permit, this year they are available at both Welcome Centers, any of the hosted campgrounds or online (Taylor Bay is not hosted and permits are not available on site). Pet and Family Friendly. Bring everything you need, as the closest store is at least 15 - 20 miles out.

  • Camp sites have ample space for tent or RV.
  • Well marked directional signs lead to Taylor Bay.  All roads are paved.
  • Vault or pit toilet
  • Wooded campsite.
  • Closest site to water with shade.
  • Information on LBL, local trails, camping permits, etc.
  • There is a large grassy area between the entry point and the boat ramp that can be used for large group gatherings.
  • Average camp site, pretty level, each has a fire ring and cement picnic table.  All are tent friendly, most all appear to be large enough for RVs as well.
  • Yes, these are boats, a lot of them, too. Taylor Bay itself is a favorite hangout for locals, so the water is busy during the day.
  • Boat dock next to ramp. Campsites are dispersed throughout the wooded areas, and along the shore.
  • Pano of the wooded campsites.
  • Taylor Bay is only about 1.5 miles from the Nature Station, a Family friendly educational adventure with many local species of animals and plants available for viewing (Admission required - no more than $5/adult).  Energy Lake is also near by, created from a dam, and boasts great fishing, kayaking, canoeing (no motorized boats allowed on Energy Lake).

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